Ext JS + jQTouch + Raphaël = Sencha
Exciting things are happening! Today, we’re combining forces with the jQTouch and Raphaël projects, changing our company name to Sencha, and moving our web address from www.extjs.com to www.sencha.com.
jQTouch and Raphaël are the leading open source projects in their areas, and we're incredibly excited to have their creators, David Kaneda and Dmitry Baranovskiy, joining with the Ext JS team to form Sencha. We believe these collaborations will lead to some spectacular new things in the weeks and months ahead. Stay tuned for this. You won't have to wait too long, I promise!
We believe that rich graphics and touch support will become essential Ajax framework components over the next few years. If you've been following our recent blog posts on HTML5, you'll know that not only do HTML5 and CSS3 bring significant capabilities to rich internet applications, but that this is already arriving on mobile devices (in fact, it's already here).
We're choosing Sencha as our name because it evokes next-generation software development and it's easy to remember, spell and pronounce. Sencha -- the name of a popular Japanese green tea -- is in the tradition of Java, and represents a new level of development. It feels memorable to us. We hope you like it too.
The roadmaps for Ext JS, Ext GWT, Designer, Direct etc. don’t change as a result of this. We’re very excited about the new things in Ext JS 4.0 and the rest of the product line. Some of the individual product names might evolve in the future (for example, we’re thinking of renaming Ext Designer to Sencha Designer), but don’t expect any major or immediate changes here. One of the benefits of the name change is also that it separates a product name - Ext JS - from the company name, Sencha.
Raphaël and jQTouch will remain MIT licensed.
We’re setting up a foundation called Sencha Labs that will hold the copyright and trademarks for all the non-commercial projects affiliated with Sencha. Our license of choice for these projects is, and will continue to be, the MIT license. We will fund maintainers for our non-commercial projects with contributions from Sencha and the communities of these projects. We’re pleased to announce that Jonathan Stark, a well known mobile developer and the author of two O’Reilly books on Android and iPhone application development, will become the official maintainer for jQTouch going forward. (Welcome aboard, Jonathan!)